Sat 15
Watton at Stone CC
3rd X1


By Mark Shepherd
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Watton-at-Stone 190 all out lost to POTTERS BAR 191 for 6 wkts

Potters Bar 3rd X1 travelled to the picturesque setting of the recreation ground to play Watton-at-Stone on Saturday and returned with a 4 wicket victory in another good game of cricket.

With what appeared on paper to be a somewhat understrength side, Dave Pett won a toss and asked the hosts to bat first.

Wikum and Dinith opened the bowling and the pair both bowled well frustrating the home side batsman in the process who appeared keen to score quickly.

One or two nice shots were played by both opening batsman but the fall of the first wicket came in Dinish’s first over.

After 10 overs Pett turned to the experience of Mark Taylor and off spinner Samith and the pair both bowled nicely in strangling the home sides middle order batsman.

The combined 20 overs went for just 51 runs for the loss of two wickets meaning the home side did not get away.

In the absence of bowling options, Pett reluctantly took on the mantle of the 5th bowler and did ok in the process, returning figures of 3-36 from 8 overs.

Wikum and Dinith then returned and did a good job in restricting the home side to a competitive total of 190 from their 50 over allocation.

Wikum finishing with 3-40 and Dinith 1-35 from their 10 over spells.

Pett fell early for just 5, again caught behind square on the leg side for the second week running (when will he learn?) which brought Wikum to the wicket to join vice captain Hughesy.

The pair batted nicely putting on 53 for the second wicket before Hughesy kicked a straight one from the first ball bowled by the home side left arm spinner and was rightly adjudged LBW.

Jineth, fresh from exam season at school, came in at number 4 and looked in fantastic touch, playing some beautiful looking shots all around the wicket.

Wikum was having a great time at the other end, typically punishing anything on offer from the home side bowling attack.

Wikum passed the 50 mark with another lovely boundary and as the clouds began to circle the visiting batsman tried to step on to ensure they wouldn’t be beaten by the rain.

The pair soon brought up the 100 partnership in style before Wikum eventually fell for a fine 84 soon followed by Jineth for 44.

Despite a couple of further quick wickets victory was sealed by 4 wickets with almost 14 overs spare.

Man of the match was Wikum who put in a fantastic all round performance whereby he bowled with great skill and batted in typical swashbuckling style.

Most importantly Wikum did it for huge personal reasons which as a team was absolutely wonderful to see and his family will all be rightly proud of him just as all of us team mates were yesterday too.

Next week see’s a top of the table clash as unbeaten Boxmoor visit the school and with strong availability hopes are high that the winning run of 5 out of 6 matches can be extended with the scalp of the league leaders who thus far have won all of their matches.

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Match date

Sat 15, Jun 2019